2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring to Bow at Chicago Auto Show

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Recently the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring was spied testing in Canada, and it appears that the second generation of its Hyundai Elantra Touring model will make its American debut at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

The new Elantra Touring won’t be the only Elantra variant making its debut as the Korean automaker is also planning to unveil a two-door version of their popular compact. But like the current Elantra Touring model in America, the new one will surely be just like the European Hyundai i30, which debuted at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Interestingly enough, reports are coming in that Hyundai will lose the Touring badge from the model’s name, simply branding it as a five-door hatchback – perhaps trying to get away from the unhip stigma of being a wagon. It is expected to be powered by the same 1.8L engine in the current Elantra model, with 148-hp and achieve 40-mpg on the highway – if you believe Hyundai’s claims. Reports of a 200-hp turbocharged model and a plug-in hybrid variant are still a possibility.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Luc Shopin Luc Shopin on Feb 06, 2012

    Whoever has driven the Elantra sedan never could have reached the 40 mpg Hyundai's claim. I haven't heard of one tester doing it, unless you go downhill all the way. That's a fact. Considering that the Touring, or whatever name it takes, is heavier than the sedan and has a higher drag coefficient, how do you expect it to reach that goal? Never, not with that base engine. It may have 148 HP, but only 131 lbs of torque, and torque is where the real power is. You don't get 40 mpg with those numbers. You might if they bring in the 2.0 GDI (non-turbo), but not with the 1.8 NU.

  • Robert Benson Robert Benson on Feb 25, 2012

    I have a 2012 Elantra limited 4 door sedan. Highway Mileage on US 495 New York to Boston. distance of 236 miles each way, At 65-70 MPH got 37.3 MPG, at 55-60 MPH got 39.7 MPG. Weather clear, tire pressue at 37, 2 persons aboard with luggage.